I had high hopes after an oxidized 2000... This bottle not oxidized but also not a great example of this wine. Very restrained, needing lots of breathing but even after several hours it's not opening up. The nose is very faint, a little lemon and some funky honey...unusual for Mount Eden. Color is beautiful medium golden yellow. Flavor profile is not too thin but not the usual richness either. It has some honey, lemon and a bit of grassiness. Not sure what to think of this? No where close to the previous bottle which was glorious.
From magnum. A somewhat subdued nose, with lemon oil, and a hint of smoky butterscotch. Really explosive palate of smoky vanilla, minerals, pears and peaches, all held in check with nice acidity. Drinking very well, but no signs of decline and should go for quite a few more years in this format.
Medium-bright gold color. Aromas of honeyed butterscotch, lemon, vanilla, toast, and a hint of hazelnut. Palate shows lemon, butterscotch, flowers, and some toasty/nutty notes that carry into a medium-long finish. This is showing very similar profile to the 1999 at this point and this bottle was a good one. Drink.
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(Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains) Light green yellow color; very appealing, mature, light hazelnut, ripe apple, floral, tart pineapple nose; rich, tasty, hazelnut, tart pear, mineral palate with near medium acidity; medium-plus finish 93+ points
(Mount Eden Vineyards Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains) Light golden yellow color with 1 millimeter clear meniscus; mature, tart pear, poached pear, baked apple nose; mature, tasty, tart lemon, poached pear, mineral palate; medium-plus finish
(Mount Eden Chardonnay) was a bit of a 'problem child' according to Jeffrey, but I liked it. Its nose was much more reserved and more back side than front. Banana was again there (signature?), but there was also cracked wheat and light traces of cinnamon. The palate was very buttery with good spice and spine and very long acidity. The finish was tasty with a dash of yeast and honeyed fruit flavors
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